Preventing payment fraud  in Europe


About FPEG

The work of  FPEG

Meetings of FPEG


The contents on this website reflect the views of the Members of the EU Fraud Prevention Expert Group and cannot be attributed to the European Commission


The Work of the FPEG

The FPEG generally meets twice a year. The FPEG is chaired by the Commission, but a steering group of FPEG members helps in the preparation of the work of the FPEG and supervise the sub-groups activities. Currently, seven subgroups have been created:

Identity Theft/Fraud. This subgroup has prepared a report on identity theft/fraud in the financial sector, describing the main vulnerabilities and risks. It also describes the the main preventive measures and provides some recommendations

Security Evaluation. This subgroup has prepared a report providing an overview of the procedures used for the security evaluation of payment products and components (cards, terminals, software, etc.) in the European Union. The report recommends to harmonise at EU level the security procedures to evaluate the security of payment cards and terminals.

ATM and POS Security. This subgroup has prepared a report (+Annex 2 to the report)on security issues related to Automatic Teller Machines and Point of Sale terminals, in particular in relation to skimming attacks. The report presents some recommendations on how to mitigate these attacks.

Commerce Issues. The objective of this subgroup is to evaluate the efficiency and the limits of anti-fraud measures currently applied in the commerce sector. On the basis of such analysis, the group should identify "best practices" and make proposals, if appropriate, to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness of these measures.

Data Management. This subgroup has prepared a report on the barriers to the sharing of personal data for fraud prevention purposes. On the one hand, an efficient exchange of data among payment service providers and between payment service providers and the public sector facilitates effective payment fraud prevention across the Community, in particular in the context of the creation of the Single Euro Payment Area. On the other hand, data protection legislation at EU level provides for strict safeguards when processing personal data.

Law Enforcement. The main activity of the FPEG Law Enforcement subgroup consist in analysing the advisability of and possible obstacles to the creation of centralised law enforcement units with real operational responsibilities to fight non-cash payment fraud.

Communication Issues. This subgroup deals with the preparation of a communication plan addressed to EU citizens and professionals on the progress and effectiveness of the measures of the new Action Plan for 2004-2007.

The subgroups may not necessarily be chaired by the Commission. The secretariat of the FPEG and the subgroups is provided by the Commission.










Fraud in non-cash means of payment

Card Fraud

Identity Theft